Republic of Congo’s court rejects opposition figures bail request

The Republic of Congo Court of Appeal on Thursday rejected a request by the lawyers of detained opposition figure Gen. Jean Marie Michel Mokoko to be released on bond.


One of his lawyers, Me Yvon-Eric Ibouanga, said the defense had demonstrated that there was no single reason justifying his continued detention and that the decision of the court lacked any legal basis.

Mokoko’s defense reiterated the need for their client to be released on bond.

Mokoko, who lost in the presidential elections held on March 20, 2016, was detained in mid-June for “threatening state security.”

On Wednesday this week, he was informed of another charge of “inciting people to disrupt public order.”

Former Congolese army chief between 1987 to 1993, Mokoko was until February this year a special presidential envoy to the African Union commission in Central African Republic, from where he resigned to contest the March 20 elections. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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